Monday, May 23, 2016

Day 20, 2016 – Friday Yoho National Park – Banff National Park – Jasper National Park

When I’m in Canada, I feel this is what the world should be like.”  Fresh Quotes
Near Banff

Banff to Jasper Highway

Banff to Jasper Highway
The Banff to Jasper Highway has never failed to conger a mixture of wonder and awe in all who venture forth on this two lane road that parallels the Canadian Rockies’ Continental Divide. “Promenade des Glaciers” as Hwy 93 is called by French Canadians is featured in National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime.  This highway, completed in 1940, displays nature at its best!  Spectacular Alp like summits slammed into the heavens by gigantic forces freefall into colossal valleys below scooped out by glaciers and roaring emerald teal rivers is too stunning to fully comprehend.  One vista after another keeps knocking the traveler back on their heels and this goes on for 140 miles.  We have beat the busy tourist season where in July and August the forest service reports more than a 100,000 vehicles traverse this highway on a monthly basis.  Teaming with wildlife, travelers can expect to see elk, bighorn sheep, bear and the myriad of other creatures that call this wonderland home.  Having traveled so many beautiful spots around the world, this, in my opinion, is the most wondrous sight on earth.  Having taken this drive dozens of times while living in Canada, I am never less than awestruck with each visit and ALWAYS discover something that I failed to observe on an earlier trip.  If given only one day left in your life…spend it here.  It surely is natures path to Heaven.

Bighorn Sheep along the Road

Banff to Jasper Highway

Athabasca River near Jasper
Steve,at home and taking it all in.
Bear Crossing Road Near Jasper

1 comment:

  1. Wow! We will keep this in mind for when the kids get older. I'd bet it would be fun for Jen to visit her old stomping grounds.